Our Tennessee Life ...formerly The Retail DIYet

Our Tennessee Life ...formerly The Retail DIYet: February 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Creating Outdoor Bamboo Lighting

In my opinion, we live in the best little spot in Nashville.  It's a wooded area that is peaceful but still close to everything.  Our neighbors are great and we couldn't be happier here.  We love sitting outside so we decided we needed some more cohesive lighting.  We have had some string lights up but they just weren't doing the job...enter our newest project...Hanging Bamboo Lights.  We wanted something modern yet natural and decided to make them ourselves.  Since we don't have Bamboo in our yard I called upon my awesome MOMS club friends and asked if anyone else did and of course my mama's came through for us!  I wish I had some video of me chopping these bamboo stalks down because that sure was a site to see.

The first step is to split these shoots down the middle so we can get the cord all the way through.  We used a few tools before we finally got it right.
The ALABAMA knife did the trick.

We used lights that my man had left over from a music video shoot.  They are super inexpensive and we picked them up for a few dollars each at the Home Depot.  
Once they are strung we fastened them together with cable ties to keep everything in place.
We then covered the cable ties with rope to hide those hideous plastic ties.
 A little hot glue and a few burns later...they start to come together.
To us the silver just wasn't blending in and it made them look..um..cheap so we painted them with Rustoleum's Aged Copper spray paint.
 I think the best part of the light is this awesome vintage type bulb.  We also picked this up at the Home Depot for about $10 a piece.  I know that's expensive for one bulb but to me it was totally worth it since we had everything else on hand.
Here they are in all of their glory...

 And then the sun started to set just right for these photos.

Not bad, right?  Especially when you figure we paid less than $50 for three outdoor lights when you factor in bulbs, wiring, etc.  We couldn't be happier with how they turned out.  We love them so much we're thinking of adding them to our patio as well.  Do you have anything in your yard you could turn into a light?
Linking up to:

The Thrifty Groove
Consider Me Inspired
Beyond The Picket Fence
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Recovering an Ottoman

We've had this ottoman for about 5 years.  My lovely mother-in-law gave it to us as a gift when we moved into our house in Los Angeles.  It was a good find from Pier 1 and it has really served us well.  It's been used as a coffee table and most recently as storage for our sheets and blankets at the end of our bed.  It is the perfect coffee table especially if you have kids that are pulling up to stand.  Its soft enough to not hurt them if they fall and sturdy enough to hold a drink.
I love the zebra print, but it needed a face lift to fit in with our yellow and gray living room. I started by removing the top from the base and then took off the black mesh stuff (it has a technical name but I can't remember it at the moment!).
I then laid out the fabric and cut to size.
 Once its cut just start to staple all the way around.
Now its time to tuft!  This is the first time I attempted to do this and I can't wait to tuft again!  Next up is a tufted headboard for sure.  I used a tapestry needle and just some thick string I had on hand.
 Once you pull it through just staple tight on the back.
 Perfect storage for all of our blankets.  My parents made many of the blankets in this ottoman.

 I love how the ottoman both compliments and contrasts with the rug.
There are quite a few patterns going on in this room, but I really think they work well together.  Not every one's cup of tea, but we love it.
It's so easy and affordable to take a quality piece that you already own and update it to make it fit in a new space.  A new look and it only cost $19.95 for 2 yards of fabric! (50% off at Joann's!)
Linking up to:
Manic Monday @ Serendipitu and Spice
Tasteful Tuesdays @ Naptime Creations 
Home Stories A2Z
The Girl Creative
DIY Show Off
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